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Old Buckenham

Military site : airfield

Allocated to the Eighth Air Force as a bomber base in 1942, Old Buckenham was built during 1942-43 with three concrete runways, 50 loop hardstandings and two dispersed T2 hangars. The station was the exclusive home for the 453rd Bomb Group, equipped with B-24s, from December 1943 to May 1945. The 453rd enjoyed the distinction of having film star James Stewart as its Group Executive Officer during the Spring of 1944. Returned to the RAF in 1945, the station was used as a satellite for maintenance units until closed in 1960. Sold off during 1960-64, the site was then largely demolished and returned to agriculture. However, several original buildings and concrete pads remain at the site, the majority of which form part of Old Buckenham Airfield, with one hard runway and two grass strips.

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Service

Units

People

  • Marvin Aaker

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Marvin Aaker served as a flight engineer and top turret gunner with the 735th Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

  • Robert Aaker

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Flight Engineer | 453rd Bomb Group
    Robert Aaker served as a flight engineer with the 734th Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

  • William Adams

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    On 23 Feb 1944 on a ferry flight from Old Buckenham to Thorpe Abbotts, B-24H #42-52182 landed long and ran off runway . RTD.

  • Gordon Adee

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by flak and crashed at Oostduinkerke, Belgium in B-24 #4295233 on June 24, 1944. He was the only survivor and was a POW.

  • Charles Allen

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Charles Allen was given the nickname "Moose" by Jimmy Stewart when they met on Charles' first mission. Jimmy Stewart was base adjutant.

  • Donald Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator | 453rd Bomb Group
    Forced to land due to mechanical problems NE of Balkbrug, Holland on a mission to Rekner, Berlin on 8 Mar 1944 in B-24H #42-52175 'Portland Anne'. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

  • Richard Anderson

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Shot down by fighters and exploded upon striking the water near Steenbergen, Holland on a mission to Gotha, GR on 22 Feb 1944 in B- 24 #41-28615 'Ginnie'. Killed in Action (KIA).

  • Russell Anderson

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 453rd Bomb Group
    Crashed on landing after a practice mission on 2 Mar 1944 in B-24H #41-28642 'Libby Raider'. RTD. ...

  • Egbert Arling

    Military | Top Turret Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group

  • Robert Atkins

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 453rd Bomb Group
    Robert Atkins served as a tail gunner with the 733rd Bomb Squadron of the 453rd Bomb Group, flying missions out of Old Buckenham, England.

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Aircraft

  • 41-28591 'Archibald'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 735BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Berlin attacked by E/A setting two engines alight, crashed at Mangelsdorf, crew baled out 21-Jun-44. 10 x POW. MACR 5933.

  • 41-28615 'Ginnie'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down by fighters and exploded upon striking the water near Steenbergen, Holland on a mission to Gotha 22-Feb-44 in B-24 41-28615 'Ginnie'. 10 x Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 2895.

  • 41-28619 'Begin The Beguine'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Juvincourt. Shot down by flak and crashed at Vlissingen. 3 x POW, 7 x KIA. MACR 6232.

  • 41-28629 Blondes Away

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 734, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission 13-Apr-44. Last seen 12 miles past IP heading across lake near Friedrickshafen in direction of Switzerland. Oil leak on #4 engine and oxygen...

  • 41-28641 'Cee Gee'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) practice mission, A/C became lost shortly after take off, failing to form up with section. Landed in Czechoslovakia with badly wounded crew members [Sgt Nissen and Sgt Tollefsen]. 2 x WIA, 10...

  • 41-28649 'Little Bryan'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Friedrichshafen, hit by flak causing loss of fuel and mechanical failures, A/C abandoned over Amiens, 1 x EVD, 10 x POW. MACR 3552.

  • 41-28650 'Rooster'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 732BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick, A/C left formation short of IP due to attack by Bf109 in which pilot was killed by 20mm cannon shell. A/C abandoned by crew 8-Apr-44. 1 x KIA, 11 x POW. MACR 3929.

  • 41-28745

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 486BG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 733BS, 453BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Brunswick. Shot down flak went down 2km west of Salzdahlum, four chutes seen, one on fire 8-May-44. 3 x POW, 7 x KIA. MACR 4590.

  • 42-110076

    B-24 Liberator

  • 42-50322

    B-24 Liberator

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:17 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Eighth Then And Now (London, 1978)

Roger Freeman, Mighty Eighth War Manual (2nd edn, London, 2001)

Michael Bowyer, Action Stations 1: Wartime Military Airfields of East Anglia 1939-1945 (Cambridge, 1979)

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